Focal Presents Discussion Panels at NAMM 2023
At the April music trade show in Anaheim, eight engineers will cover discussions on Creative Mixing in Dolby Atmos, The Art of Mastering, and Mixing with Focal Headphones at the Focal Booth #14902
Focal has announced three discussion panels to be presented to NAMM attendees during the April music tradeshow in Anaheim. Eight engineers will cover discussions ranging from Creative Mixing in Dolby Atmos®, and The Art of Mastering with Michael Romanowski, to Mixing with Focal Headphones at Focal’s booth #14902 in the North Hall, Level 1.
In the first discussion panel Creative Mixing in Dolby Atmos, Friday, April 14 at 2 pm, Ben Givarz, Senior Creative Relations Manager at Dolby, will act as the moderator for engineers Luca Pretolesi and Robert Guzman from Las Vegas’ Studio DMI, Fab Dupont from Flux Studios in NYC, and Brad Smalling from Evergroove Studio in Evergreen CO. Each of the studios feature a Dolby Atmos studio built around Focal professional monitors. The engineers will share their creative approaches to mixing in Dolby Atmos on albums by Skrillex, Snarky Puppy, Saves The Day, and more.Read More »
Studio DMI in Las Vegas Installs All-Focal 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos System
New Dolby Atmos mix room features Focal Trio11 Be for LCR and Solo6 ST6 for the surrounds and height speakers along with Sub12 subwoofers
Focal has announced the first all-Focal Dolby Atmos® mix room in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the famed Studio DMI headquarters. The new 7.1.4 ‘Studio D’ design features three of Focal’s flagship Trio11 Be pro monitors for LCR and eight of the company’s new Solo6 ST6 for the surrounds and height speakers. Two Focal Sub12 subwoofers handle LFE and bass management.
“A Focal system is great because it is a system that I trust and am comfortable with,” says Studio DMI Founder and world-renowned mixing and mastering engineer Luca Pretolesi. “It is an extension of my ears, allowing me to achieve a level of accuracy and precision in my sound stage that is unparalleled.” Pretolesi recently mixed Drake’s “Honestly, Nevermind” album at Studio DMI on their Focal Trio11 monitors. While engineer Robert Guzman mixed and mastered the new Skrillex album “Quest For Fire” in Dolby Atmos in the new Studio D.Read More »
Amadeus Unveils New HOLOPHONIX Immersive Processors at ISE 2023 + V2.1 software
Amadeus announces new HOLOPHONIX 128 and 64 hardware processors, offering respectively 128 and 64 outputs, as well as a new software update, available for all HOLOPHONIX processors and Native App.
At the 2023 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) conference in Barcelona, Amadeus (Booth 7F225) has debuted a new 2.1 software version for its immersive platforms – HOLOPHONIX Servers, and the HOLOPHOPNIX Native app for macOS – plus two new configurations for its hardware processor offering 128 outputs and 64 outputs. The new 2.1 software update version is free and will be available on February, 1 at https://holophonix.xThe new HOLOPHONIX hardware configurations are available for order now and feature redesigned rear panels with Neutrik-housed connectors integrated into the aluminum chassis, including one powerCON mains connector, three etherCON connectors for remote control and Dante redundant protocol, as well as HDMI and USB 3.2 connectors for service.Read More »
Fates Warning Members Create New Group “A-Z” and Record Album Using Only Lauten Audio Microphones
New Album “A-Z” featuring vocalist Ray Alder and drummer Mark Zonder Available Now!
The new self-titled album from “A-Z” reunites former Fates Warning drummer Mark Zonder and Fates Warning lead vocalist Ray Alder during Covid lockdowns from across the world, and adds Steve Vai bassist Philip Bynoe, Prog Metal guitarist Joop Wolters, and keyboard synthesist Vivien Lalu.
Tracked entirely with Lauten Audio microphones, the new album was captured remotely, with each member recording in their respective home studios.
Lead vocalist Ray Alder has strong feelings for the Lauten Audio LA-320 after choosing it for his personal studio in Spain. “I love that it can be warm and crisp at the same time. It keeps the true vocal sound, is a very well-built microphone, and it sounds great. I’m very happy with it.”Read More »
CEntrance Debuts “Bouncer” Recording Mixer
10-channel summing mixer records to SD card, fits in a pocket
At Synthplex, CEntrance will debut Bouncer™, a super-compact 10-channel line mixer with an integrated digital recorder. The new handheld audio device fills an important gap for synth performers, DJs, and live musicians, who need to mix several stereo sources and easily record the mix to the SD card. Bouncer is designed to save space with its miniature footprint. The new product offers pristine sound quality and is ideal for synth jams or live performance on a smaller stage, where using a traditional large mixer or a music computer is not practical due to space constraints. Great for DAW-less jamming, Bouncer offers CEntrance’s “One-touch recording” feature, letting the user instantly record the stereo mix to a micro SD card without using a computer workstation.Read More »
CEntrance Debuts “English Channel” Analog Audio Processor
Portable channel strip contains digital recorder and streaming interface
Today, CEntrance debuts the English Channel™, a compact suite of analog signal processing tools with an integrated digital audio recorder. CEntrance, a company known for its work with top Hollywood artists, already offers portable audio recording products for voice actors and radio professionals. The English Channel takes that concept further, packing a suite of signal-processing tools into a handheld format perfect for Live Streamers, Podcasters, and YouTubers. The English Channel is designed to save space with its miniature footprint. It packs a studio-grade Microphone Preamplifier, a Dynamics Processor, and a classic Analog EQ in a small desktop unit. The package also includes a streaming audio interface and allows the vocal artist to live-stream their performance with a connected phone or laptop, record to the built-in recorder, or record the performance via software. The English Channel will be available in January 2023, for $1499. 99 USD.Read More »
Focal Naim America Announces “Mixed on Focal” Playlist #4
New HD Audio 23-track streaming playlist includes music from Drake’s latest album ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ mixed on Focal Trio11 monitors
Focal Naim America, a leading North American importer, and distributor of premium consumer and professional electronics brands, has announced the fourth playlist for “Mixed on Focal” a program to highlight the true sound of music as the artist, mix engineer, producer, and record label meant the songs to be heard. This new HD Audio 23-track streaming playlist includes music from Drake’s latest album Honestly, Nevermind mixed on Focal Trio11 monitors. All four “Mixed on Focal” playlists are available today for Apple Music, Qobuz, Tidal, and Amazon Music HD with new playlists to be released periodically. With Spotify set to release its HiFi-Audio tier, we are also making Spotify playlists available for all four playlists. Mixed on Focal high-resolution audio playlists and are available to Focal HI-FI and Pro Audio dealers, as well as the Press Corps and current and prospective customers. Whether it be in a HI-FI or Pro Audio dealer demonstration, or their home or recording studio using Focal speakers, the music will sound as the artist intended since each song was mixed on Focal.Read More »
IsoAcoustics Introduces V120 Mount
IsoAcoustics has a wide range of products designed for isolating studio monitors. However, for many immersive audio setups, the advanced isolation technology development by this Canadian manufacturer could not be applied – until now. IsoAcoustics is pleased to announce the release of the new V120 isolation system for height speakers used in immersive audio. This new patented design draws on the experience and success of other IsoAcoustics products to deliver an easy-to-install system that provides acoustics isolation to improve imaging and clarity for wall and ceiling-mounted professional studio monitors.Read More »
Greg Kurstin Chooses Lauten Audio “Eden” Mic for Maren Morris
Hit-making producer reveals ‘Eden’ mic used on all Morris’ vocals; plus acoustic guitar, and drums
Country music superstar Maren Morris has released her third album, “Humble Quest,” (Columbia Nashville) with Grammy® award-winning producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters), recording all of the vocals and many other sources with one of his two Lauten Audio ‘Eden’ microphones.
Detailing the simple yet effective recording setup he used for Morris, Kurstin explained, “I didn’t have any of the outboard mic pres or compressors that are in my LA studio…so all of Maren’s vocals…the acoustic guitar, and some of the drum kit…were [recorded] right into the Lauten Eden mic and [a] Universal Audio Apollo.”Read More »
Snarky Puppy Uses 26 Lauten Audio Mics on New “Empire Central” Album
Engineer Nic Hard talks about why Lauten Audio mics “worked out perfectly”
Snarky Puppy’s upcoming album “Empire Central” is a return-to-roots masterpiece tracked live in front of a studio audience and slated for release in the Fall. Tasked with capturing 19 musicians simultaneously, recording and mix engineer Nic Hard employed 26 Lauten Audio microphones for use on the group’s 14th album. “I really believe that without these mics, the record wouldn’t sound the same. Lauten Audio mics are now an important part of my arsenal,” said Hard.Read More »